Harrisburg man shares his Selma march experience

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Dauphin County Democratic Committee hosted a free viewing of the Oscar nominated move “Selma” at Harrisburg’s Great Escape Theater for local students on the final day of Black History Month.

The film is based on the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights marches. Les Ford was just 19 when he took part in the third march.  He was a college student in Evansville, Indiana, and he decided to take a bus down to Alabama.

“I felt like I needed to represent my region, ” said Ford, “And I was the only one who ended up going.”

Ford said he was a little scared because of the violence and deaths that took place in the previous marches.  Ford says it’s the responsibility of his generation to let younger people know that they can be the driving force in creating change.

“Whether they are expecting it or not, they are a part of any struggle for social change,” said Ford, “And I think in this instance, the youth answered that call.”

Earlier this month, the United States Senate voted to award the Congressional Gold Medal to honor the Selma marchers.

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